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HARVARD 
COLLEGE 
LIBRARY 




HE WOMAX THAT LIVES WITHOUT EATIXG. 
BEING AN 



AUTHENTIC NARRATIVE 



OF 



m. SIMEOX HAYS, 



OF CHESTER, WARR EN CO., N. Y. 



BY REV. A. D. MILNE, 



iiis Woman lins livctl without partakincj of any poli^l nourish- 
iiicnt since June 1851), or any nourislunont wliatevor 
since the 2()tli <)f Feln'unry 1857. retaininL^ her 
usual amount of fi«'sh and liealtliy 
a[»pearauce of^ the skin. 



.•P. V 



m 

:rr 
fell 



GLEN'S FALLS, 

MESSEXGER BOOK AXD JOB OFFICE, 

1858. 



The Woman That Lives Without Eating. 



B E I N G A N 

AUTHENTIC NARRATlVi: 

O F 

Mrs; simeon hays, 

OF CBBSTER, WARREN CO^ N. 



BY REV. aI D. MILNE. 



This "Woman* has lived without partakii^ of 
^ny solid nourishment since June 1856, or any 
nourishment whatever since the 20th of Febru^ 
ary 1857, retaining her usual amount of flesh 
^nd healthy appearance of the skin. 



GLEN'S FALLS : 

ICESSENQER BOOK AND JbB OFFICE. 

185a 



Eatored according. to^Act of Congra<«, in .the yew I8&8^' 

BY REV, A. D. MILNE, 
in ,tbe Cork's O^c of .An C^rt> oflbj*. K9rt,hji:9 .Di>trict, 
of,N«w Yprk,,. 



isajTHENTic narrative;. 



Ih the following pages we shall not advance* 
. a»7 opinion of our own, touching the cause or 
Mture of this woman's singular disease, but' 
Pimply collect, arrange and present what others 
Have advanced*. We may say,\pwever, that we 
lilftve been for- many years acquainted with alit- 
or nearly all, wfaj^se names appear in this narra-- 
ttve, and pronoum^ them entirely reliable in ev- - 
ery respect, thougfi, testifying to a case that may 
have no recorded parallel. Mrs. Simeon Hays^, 
known throughout the United States and other 
countries as "-The "WomanVhat- Lives without: 
BA^riNG,", is the daugliter of Joseph and LydiaCar- 
^ pf»nter, .living iQ4fae tpwn^ of Chester, Warren 
County, N. Y., dnd^s the fifth of eleven children. 
The family are Kealtify and free from constitu- 
tional or organic disease,, and have had but 
little sickness of any Mhd, with the exception 
of the mother, .wboKn is troubled with Asthma* • 



4 



Mrs. Ilayp, up to a sliort time after tlie tirth of 
her youngest cliild enjoyed perfect health. Iler 
])arents are memheis of the Eaptist Qiurch, 
in good standing, and she herself became a 
member of that communion at the early age 
of fourteen, continuing to adorn her profession 
by a consistant \falk and conversation. Du- 
ring the early part of her sickness, ^vhile able 
to converse and express her wishes, she great- 
ly desired religious conversation, and solicited 
her husband to have meetiDg<=? occasionally in 
her room, that she might enjoy the privilege 
of listening to the voice of prayer and exhor- 
tation. This wifAi was gratified as often as pos- 
sible, but as her disease increased she became 
apparently unconscious of tilings transpiring 
around lier, being in spasms the greater pait of 
the time. She has continued in a fit — or spasm, 
for the period of seven weeks and four days, and 
often for two, three and four weeks, with inter- 
vals of only a few teconds, or ijzinutes. Short 
J3LS these intervals are, whea they occur she ap- - 
pears to be perfectly aware of her. condition,, 
giving evidence that th6 mental powers are yet 
in health and strength. . It was some time before 
the case of Mrs. Hays attracted special atten- 
tion outside tke community where she resided, 
her physician and parents, simply thought it a 



very seve-re case it)f one of , tli€ niimurous disease 
es to which' /eraale/ are liable, and' that death 
wonld sooft terminate h^;* suffering?. Week af- 
ter weet,andmonthaff;er months they anxiously 
watclied and waited ,for the moment of her re- 
lease, till it finally became evident, that b}^ the 
power of some, to them^ unknown law, she was 
Lound to life. 

While editor pf th-e GJen's Falls Messen^'fr, we 
received on iYif 27th of Fehrnary 1857, th^e fol- 
lowing coinrnunication from a member of the 
Chester Baptist Church;.a man of good judgflUcnt 
and undoubted piety : — 

SOMETHIira MYSTERIOUF'. 

Mr. EfFitori — ^Last week T was at the head of 
Brant Lake on business, and having often heard 
strange things about Sir. Simeon Hnys' wife, I 
resolved to satisfy myself by going to see her,, 
and from mry acquaintance with Mr. Hays I felt 
assured that what 1^ told m(5 I might rely upon.. 
From him I learned the following focts: 

That his wife (who is a daughter of Bro. Jos. 
Carpenter, of Chcf^ter) has not walked a step 
since the 8th of November 1854^ that she \vas 
taken with fits about the raidle of June, 18-j', 
which have continued ever since, but are much 
lighter now, than formely; the duration of licr 
fits have been fiom a few hours to eighteen days, 
and it is only in the intervals betweep those fits 
tliat she can receive any nourishment, or receive 
w gi\:e any comn.uiuicatlons.. The duratiou.of. 



these ]iiterTa1» have "been from n few seconds id 
about five minntea. Now, for the most myet 
ioxiB part of the fitory. From the i?8th of Jii 
185>jto»the 2Stl» of June 1856, she subsisted 
tirely on apple ftud berry ?auce, not averaging 
tnore than from three to tour spoonfuls per day, 
^ud more nourishing food being instantly vom- 
ited. Since the S8>h of June 18^56, up to the 
SOtli of February 1857, the day 1 Baw her, all she 
has taken has been in the liquid state, o^^neisting 
chiefly in lemonade, to ma6e which about one' 

i}onnd and a half of sugar, and sixteen lemons 
lad beeu used, add to this 20 drops of laudnnam, 
two tea flpoonfuls of berry juice and one of cur- 
rent*juice, and you have airthe nourishment nhc 
had tiiken between the two dates above mention- 
ed. She was said to be in a fit Avhen I arrived 
there, and I had an opportunity of seeing her in 
the various stages. She lay on her left sidei 
her neck bent back, her lips apart, and her tongue 
protruding so as to fill the orifice which had to 
be often wet to keep it from drying. Her head 
was cnnstantly ou the move, first right and then 
left, about twice in a second,%nd her left Khonl- 
der was in more violent motion* While I stood 
watchiog her motions she suddenly raised alniost 
to a sitting po.^ture, and as suddenly threw her- 
self back with her nec!% bent baotwards so as to 
fall with her forehead ou the pillow — th^se mo- 
livm were repeated with increasing violence, un- 
til her Iiusband took hold of her to prevent hex 
from hurting herself* Surel}*, thnnght I, it in 
my lot to be present and behold this affilcted^ 
woman released from all earthly snfforing?», for/ 
although I had seen many persons in fitSj I ne^ - 



faW apobt hftmafii ftSiae so loDg in such vio- 
lent agitation. But I was mistaken^ &he agam 
iahalel the Tital air and was laid back on hi^v^ i 
l>iHow* fihe is now blind, and has not tjnoljen a. 
loud word for a long time. Soon after she ceas-^^ 
ed to eat common food, ahe said that in her, God 
would show to the world that he had power to 
keep people alive without eating or drinking, 
that God had nearly aocompliehed bis work 
with her, and bhe thought ahe would get well, 
In about thre^ quarters of an hour after she 
t,^ame out of her spasm^ while Mr- Hays and my- 
nelf were conversing in another rooiOj he sprang 
from his seat^ saying, '^There! &he has come oiii 
of her fit/' and immediately he was by her side 
anking her questions. I got into the room time 
enough to see h^r give a negative answer to the 
question, **Do you wiyh to te^e anything F by 
fihaking her headland affirmative Uy nodding her 
head to other questions, but before another was 
fairly at^ked she waa in another fit, to last per- 
haps a week or longen She does not breathe at,^ 
all while in one of her Bpasnas, and how many 
plasms fe]jL0 has iu a day or week I did not ascer- 
tain. Mfp Hays has to do the work both in-doors 
and out, except what his two girls can do, one 
eight and the other six years old, yet everything 
looks neat and clean about the liouse, Mr* Hays 
livea to the town of Honoon, about half-way be- 
tween Brant Lake and VAlentine!s Pond, and 
alk>ut three miles from Stickney'a Mill. I hope 
others will take the pains to go and see, and en- 
quire for themselves, and be sure to have a lit- 
fie change, for they are needy. 

SAJIUEL a DICKIKSON. 



The above communi cation soon brought tbe- 
aa^c ijita noticCj and many uDacqiiainted witli tbe 
family, unbesitatingly pronounced the whole a 
humbug. Mr. Hays keenly felt the InjuBtiee* 
(lone to himself and wife, and hia friends took 
thcpuly measure iii their power tc do away sucl^ 
siispieions* On the ith of April the following 
commiiuication was received; 

HomcQN, April 5th, 18r37. 

Mil, A, IX MitNE: 

Dmt Sir — Having noticed that many arc in- 
dined to discredit the stoteiiients ^iven m your 
paper over- the- f^ignature of ^^S. 0, Dickinson " 
r^iipi^oting the case of Mrfi, Hays of thi.s town, 1' 
hnvo taken tlie tnuihle aj^oertaia the facts of 
the case, and to ps^sent th^m \aMiiied"by those 
who have been personally oogtiizarit of tbum m 
they liave occurred^ 

Mrs* Bet«ey Hays, wifo of Simoon Hays, of 
Iloricon, was taken ."^ick on the 8tb day of N*i- 
vcniber, 18^4, and remained iu a feeble Ktate urt* 
til the for© part of June, 165% at wlueh liuie 
(vhe w?v<* taken with symptoms of an f^lanoinj^ 
character, which entirely baffled the skill of th^ 
atten«liiiK physician, and has remained from thai 
time to the prefleiit, in a state of almost entire 
unconsciousnoHfi, ami without havitj^^ juirtaken 
M' any solid food, and hnrdly of auytbiLiJi; in tb** 
form or natiiro of nourislimeut. From tljc fii'*t 
d*aj' of Juno 1855, she has taken nothing but oc- 
eafiioually a spoonful of cold water, or n fe\\- 
drops of laud an am. She hm fits of ^ ^uiguiar 



a 



cliaracter, and at times reniflias ini one contin- 
uous fit from 12 to 18 days ; from the 16th day 
of January last to the 3d day, \){ February,, 
she remained in St fit. On the . first day of Janu- 
ary 185fi, she threw herseft* backward and' for- 
ward, bringing her head ai\d feet nearly togeth- 
er, 315 times without intermission. From the 
15th day of Augiist last to thje SHth of Novem- 

^ ber, a period of three months and eleven dayg,. 
she took only five spoonful's of water and twen- 
ty drops of laudanum. She has been at different 
periods front fifty to one hundred and fifty days 
without .evacuation of the bowels, and nearly the* 
same time without uninary evacuations, bhe 
has been blind from the first of June 18o^, and' 
has been in a state of almost entire unconscious- 
ness, and notwithstanding she thus lives, she 
has during the whole time been subject to con- 
vulsions of a most wonderful character, in whick 
every nerve in the system seems strained to its 
"Utmost capacity.. She is young, being only about 
27 years of age, and previous t9 the period o# 
the sickness above mentioned, was of a robiust 
con^titutipn.. I have knowjx her from her child- 
hood; have seen her at diff*erent times during 
her present prostration, and- have every reason 
to beljieve that the foregoing statements are fully 
correct. I am further informed, at the moment 
©f writing, that at the pnesent time, and fjpr 

-soiife time past she is subjeet to convulsions of 
a few minutes duration with intervals of only a. 
few moments, and at the end of each corfrulsion, 
remains from four to ten Liinutes before catch- 
lug her breath, which is produced by constantly 
fanning her during that period. I. was ther<i ii;. 



compaoj with some others not long since and 
saw her, and witnessed onp of her coovulsioos, 
and in mj iudgment, when she fell back at each 
time, which was frequent during the convulsion, 
I witnessed her head beins thrown back ao that 
she struck upon the top or her head, each blow 
was PulEcient to have fractured her skull, if she 
had fallen upon a hard substance instead of the 
pillows placed beneath her. YourSj &c,, 

J, SMITa 

p. At this date she has swallowed nothing, 
even water, since the 20th of February last. 

WAMtjcK Cm rfTT, m: — Siiiit*on HnySt betrsg ^luHj airorii, 6«- 
\^ff3 niH tliut !io la the h tisbim*! af llio ftbt^ve miin^ Bttf 
Hjiya^ tli*tt hv J in* htteu in nttenilmiee upon her nlmfMt coo*i 

' • tslMEON HAYa 

€ubai.'nbed HTid sworn, Ayrd 5th, 1S57, befori) me» 

\V. J, SMrni Jufitice of Ihe Peace. 

This may cci'tfy that we, the undersigned, ate, 
and have been aSquaiuted wilh the above named 
Simeon Hays, from his childhoodt and believe 
him fully entitled to belief ia the foregoing 
state merit: 

W. J, SftUTHj E. il. BaxteRj J. N. BaetoKi 

ESBNEZER MONKOE, Ira DuEL, J, StEEETEH, 

JoSi PH F. Smith, Chas. W. Os^hoen, J. IIill, 
Homer Davis, R» P. Smith, David Vaugq^*, 
Jonx IL Smitu, Jr., Harvey S. WateeS, 

One would Buppose that the above testimony 
would have been eufficientj but no, it was toa 
inarvellons arid hard to beUeve, A watch was 
instituted, which continued night and day fjr 



11 

• 

two weeks, and resulted in f ustaining to tlie ut- 
most, the above facts. In reference to* this 
watch we find in our editorial columns Septem^ 
her 17th 1857, the following : * 

Mrsi Hdps.^We publish an article in another 
column, on the extraordinary 'caae of Mrs. Hays, 
a case we believe unprecedented in the annals 
of medical science. We do not endorse the 
views of the writer. Next week we will give 
yisice to a letter, embracing views completely 
antagonistic to those contained in the letter 
published in the present number. Mismtime 
we would call attention to an extract from a let- 
ter of a valued friend; dated Sept. l^^th^ 1867, 
It reads as follows r 

^I was at S. Hays' not long since, in company 
with Elder Cobb. * Mrs. Hayij has not altered 
much in her looks since I saw her on the 20th 
qf February last. Mr. Hays say?, she has taken 
no mjedicirie, food or drink of any kind since that 
date, and I still confide in what he says ; but 
many do not, and Mr. Hays feels bad about it. 
• To gratify him, myself and others, we are about 
to organise a thorough watch, to be kept up for 
two or three weeks, to detect the deception if 
there is any, and the skeptical are invited to 
take part in the watch, but are requchted to 
treat Mr. Hays with decency until he is found to 
be ek deceiver." 

The article referred, to on another page it 
fropii the pen of the present editor of the Glen's 
Fails Messenger, who has since done abundant 



12. . 

Justice to Mr., Hays, By prublicly annoimcLDg Iiw^ 
firm fcopviction of the trutWulness of his state- 
ments — that the fact is unquestionable, — the wo- 
man does live without eating. • " 

We give the communication as a sample of 
filany articles that we received about that time, 
showing that no effort was left untried to dis- 
prove the statements, but it eould not be done- 

€IAN A PEESaN LIVE WITHOUT FOOD? 

Perhaps there is not a person in the county of 
Warren who has not heard of Mrs. Hays, of Ilori- 
con, who it is a8serted,lived nearly two years with- 
out nourishment, that duriiig that time s]u^ 
has swallowed only an occassional drop of wa- 
ter. Can this be so ? Can it 1x5 true that she is 
an. exception to tl»e physiological laws that gov- 
ern our befng? or are these laws natural, or or- 
dained only for a part of mankind, or is it true 
that the laws which creative wisdom hasr im- 
posed apply to all, and are imperious ? In this 
matter, the unanimous veVdict of every one must 
be, that, it is impo^sibhs for a person to live with- 
out {diment. ThiS needs no demonstration. It 
rs self-evident — a fact known and felt by all. 

We know that a person can live for a day 
without nourishment, therefore, why not a year? 
The simple reason is, t^iat *there is an active, in- 
cessant, hourly and momently waste of the ^ys- 
fem, although there is a seeming identity of per- 
son. Like the rainbow wjiich presents the^s- 
Iject of permanent identity, yet, who does 'liot 



feno\r,tl^lit.k»6wnbow is form^ every inst^nf by 
the falling rain duo^^^ 80, that the colors we see 
are in a state of swift transitioa. 

The burning flame^s apparently for a long 
time' the saine, yet there is a cAiseless change 
in its condition, ^u^ed by the chemical change 
•of pi'operties' that carry on combustion. The 
flowing riv^r presents the same general appear- 
^ince tt^-day, as yesterday, yet! it is made up mo- 
-dnently of n6w atoms : 'just so with the human 
-system ; it is only the finm and size that present's 
its unalterable aspect. This is deception. It 
is only the i*6rm that appears imt»utable, the 
constituent particles are forever changing. 
Like the rainbow — -like the flower — like ♦the 
river, so man's bodily force and «fctiTity origir.ate 
in the transformation of particles that is con- 
stantly taking place in the system. As each 
part is brougiitinto aotion, its atom's perish and 
others take their place— thus destruction antl 
renewal are closely allied and proceed tbgethej 
in the vital economy. The rate at which the 
changes take place, though varied by circuit- 
stances, may be determine* with some degree 
of accuracy. * 

The necessities of an adult iu active life are 
fc^ud 4o be about 2 1-2 lbs avoirdupois of dry 
food daily. The amount* of water about 4 lbs, 
.of oxygen upwards ofc2 lbs, which result from 
inhaling about iOO.gallcnas of air. The* amount 
of blood in the system is about one^ fifth the 
weight of thj body, or 25 to 39 lbs, in a ;|jill 
sized person. 

The heart beats about 70 times a minute, and 
\nrery pulsation sends forward about l*jO feet ia 



a minute* Tlie whole passea through the heart* 
in less than 8 minutes, or 8 W times an hmwr 
fiome 2J0 times a day, sometimes the circuliiion 
IB evBti doable this egtiniate^ 

To aid in Carrying forward this wonderful 
procees and assist in the various phyBical 
changes, several liquida to the amount of about 
twenty pounds^ are daily poured outj the princi- 
pal of which is the gastric juice. Durinfj the 
same time there escapes from the lungs carboni 
acid and watery vapor, to the amount of 2 or ' 
pounds; through the pores of the skin there es- 
cape ahoutJ2 1-V lbs of water, and m other dTreet- 
ions about 2 1-2 lbs of matter. 

Reckoning 3 1-2 lbs of solid food consnmed 
daily, amounts to 900 lbs a year, the amount of 
oxgyen but little less ; the amount of liqnidH 
taken in various forms daily is estimated at a 
little over 4 pounds, or about 1500 lbs a year, 
making an aggregate of more than 3000 Ifes an* 
nually taken into the system for its suppofft,^ — 
This demand of 3000 pounds of aliment yearly^ 
k) cherish the system, is required, because that 
amount has been exhausted,u8ed up in the growth 
and waste of the system, during the time, in the 
exercise of the powers and nmctions of the 
body. - ^ 

If the atraoiipbere be taken from us we die. 
If allmeot be withheld, terrible agony follows and 
in a little time death ensues, c 

Hunger and thirst are faithful monitors, warn- 
log us constantly of the rapid (jjianges of our 
system, and that the incessant demands for nour 
ishment are pressing, and imperious. The Divin 
architect ^aa ci^eated a life^demand for nutriment 



wHch cannot be repudiated buf upon the peril 
of our existence^ altiiougb to obtain it, it costs an 
earnest life-long struggle both of body and mind. 
These violent sentinel^s hunger and thirat can- 
not be dislodged or bribed while iife endures^ 
but are incessantly proclaiming that further nour* 
ishment is required to supply the waste that the 
physiological laws has imposed. These things 
are not voluntary with us, cannot bo conlrolled 
at will or determined by reason* If they were^ 
voluntary forgetfulness or indolence might de* 
^eat the purposes of nature. 
It ie the silliest of silly nonsense to say that a 

Eeraon may be nourished by, or live on their 
lood ! or that the inhalation of various gases 
will support life. 

There is no self-sustaining principle in the an- 
imal HysteuL It posseasea ua power of creating 
a aingle particle of matter whieh it uses* Ever>* 
atom of nourishment must bo from some exter^ 
nal source. 

During youth, the supply is greater than waste 
— Teceipta greater than expenditure, Th« bal* 
lauoe of the reception above the loss goes to in- 
crease the growth of ihe Ijody. 

In old age it is the reverse. The bpdijy weight 
alowly decreases* The wastes is greater than the 
supply, and the ballance when struck, tells against 
our vitality* Particle by particle the system is 
wasted, passing into the eonditions of death. 

Though we are wonfederfully and fearfully 
made " yet it is tor us to understand the curious 
n^echanifim of the human system, to know a rea- 
epn for every action^ and able to solve every phy- 
ijological problem. 



BciVifL; llio (iay.s of HeiTej'j little was lend 
'^efthe circTiliition of tbe hlooih The heart ira" 
the ohject of the Tviklesit, and most Buperstitio 
specuhitioii* Bj s^ome^it wns supposod that tli 
lilood flowed from the heart dxiTiiig the clfiy, an 
retiiroed at night. 

Ouco the stomach was deemed the hntn^ 
ftCOiytiror who had the "^vhole^RYHt^in iTr ^ '-'^ 
eoutrolj when pleagedj thestorofich perfoj s 
office, ailfl we were well: when fingr}'? the rnos 
whoIcHunie food was spoiled and Bickness folio, 
ed« 

The ilm* was when the simple, ihongli wcAtlerful ope 
t aliens ol' ihn eye were a Reiiled mystery, audit was mf 
po»ed that tlie wholy sjsttnn^dred Mnttev some tnpterio 
power Ihia (Jelled I he dostiF^l in vest ii^ni fori. 

But inquiry and inveBtig/ttiort hstve shtwed, atid renso 
demoustriMed, tlvat Uie ^vliole pystem acts iwvHJiHbly i 
(J bey since to imniuiuble bivs— thnt the humiio constrtuiion 
h txQi lieyond ihts ilkmlratixm of reason. . * 

l^liiIos'j]>hy and Cheiuiy.Lry, in this, as well aa lu olh 
things, me dispelling llio euperBtiiious vji^aries llmt Iniv 
so long exist etl, wad etiaUing m Lq undoi&t^ind how the^ 
wonderful diangea ^tCcur, Knowledge jb pvoi^reBfiiD 
— reason is at work, Jind w^ai** co n usually geuiuir n taor 
ciitical knowledge, atid under bt ami iog lovio glearly ih 
plHlo»o[shy of life* 

We are coo^ctoua of aa existence; and since the facult 
to koow oar owa indetity as givea n^^ we have aa a«sti- 
Taace of a itih greater power, the ability to tiaderstaad tbe 
vaiiiJiis €oadi lions of life- 

And I aar not aware that Creative wisdom has hid aaj 
tieedfui knowledge from es, or so far bliuded oar audeL'- 
standing that we are unable to comprehead iIk^ thin 
i kaow uot why the physiological prublem of ti^«lioal4 
^« pUcad above our reasaa—why tlie latelkct <if«ilHl 




BboiMd not be abto . to ffrasp, and comprebeod a matter 
w^kdi^g'of sueh vital importance to 'his well-being. 

ADOLPH. 

In reply to the above we have the following 
from Dr. J. L. Stoddard, of Glen's Falls, who 
Visited Mrs. Hays and made a 'critical investiga^ 
tion, as far as thexase was sui^ceptihle of being 
investigated: — 

THE WOHAN THAT LIVES WITHOUT XfATIHa 

' Mr. Editor, you may 'imagine us seated by our taper, 
in tbis houMe in t}»e woods, with no rnttiing carriages, pr 
noisy hoys to disturb us, and ail is still, save tlie dismal 
creaking of crickets, and tlie hooting of owls, upon (he 
. ifurrounding hills, who seem ambilious to make the nigbt 
hideous with ilioir horrid vocal^ ntid also, to a new oomer, 
r the still more grating sounds, of a wotnan in spasms, which 
exceed the descriptions \vhi(^i the most vivid tmnginalion ' 
has attempted to p iint, as the death struggles." It seems 
as tliougli nature was convulsed with mortal agony, and 
writhii/g in all the frightful contortions that nerve or mus- 
cle could be drawn. 

I have a number of pages which I took down of Mr. 
Bays' statcmenis and affidavits, and the testimony and affi* 
davits of others, but as the statements already made about 
Mrs. Ilays are substantially correct, I will only sthte, that 
for two years past, she has not eaten as much as she would 
'eat at one meal when in Irealth — that she has not swaU 
lowed anything, not even a drop of water, since the 20lh 
of Pebiuary 1857, and has not Imd a discharge from her 
b6we)8 since June 1856, and no passage of water, since 
Februaiy 1^57. 

Any physician wishing any specific facts in relation lo 
her ease, which I have in my posseesion, I shall be hi^y 
to furnish tfiem. . 



ft iritl B^ b« aiked, wh^totir opmion t§, in uhiimf to 
thifl , rQmrktil>}4 case^ls H fraud, or retilitft atidif itir' 

alrtj't bow is the woman sustaioed without eating f 
That the woman has iu^ered frooi s^Tare sptivmsi for a 
t\m% I tbmk none dotsbt, wbos© opinioiisi ure tr^Mh 
-sjdiD^. Every o»e who ba^ aogn her, for Aiiy kogtki^ 
f. time, haa^ wjitiea^ed a moat heart skkemng siglit, of* 
Ottmn wrilhjng in awful jvgony, aa tbougb every neWd 
^ ch^rgfld by a gal van m balioJ^y. Thia^ howeirs&r, ivotlld^ 
^ve IbG case no suob rem»vkiib1e joteresir its to eiiditf ^tli^r 
^ecial atletilioii of tbe scietiiiBo world, unhm ib^r^ wm 
'rii^rtttBg room of it. The -pecutiar intereU ia ilm eaoOr 
oaiflta in the- fuel of going without food, or nearly ao, 
fot about two yeai-3. I have been fiequentlv asked «inoe 
return, if rl lieliefc ihls womnn does go without food. 
I do betiojve ir^ and &L!iU eonriiiue to do^o, uutil tUc 
evidftnce whii^I; suataina that poailion h rebutted* It 
v§iij^; easy I argument to sai^ timt Mr. Hay a and his neigiH 
bori b a vo t; o m hi nis d f o e l he r to perpe i\ n t e a f i au d» a 
tbat ibej have perjured rhemseUetj, but it is no argument 
—wo %mni the proof. It ia a question in reference to a 
faot of a new and wonderful nnturo, and nothing but di- 
rdot^^roof^ ivkich relalei to Ihi^ particnlai catfe^ is adiuia^j* 
ble. 

' 1^6tsai*d argtimeTyta which apply to natural pheno! 
. na^ AW not applicablij to an abnornial case, ov a L\ 
i iwitwt€B. This i* a Btifiioient reply to Adolph," But 
L*haH have occa&Jon to refer io him again. We will trie 
H^Uni np tbe evidence n])on which our belief ia founded, and 
^H^t are glad to learn that there ia to be a watch iusEi* 
^H^«d^hia win bd ft demonstration. K there ii a fraud, 
WKh^m^r dftteM it will con for a great fa¥or upon commu- 
njiy, and rehovti ihe sgieotific world of a |>erplexing eni- 
barnmment. Whenever it is proven tbat^ fiVie eata, w ^ 
^HaM be glad to beh«Y# it, y»L tor tho preient^ wa praf'lfl 
ba dypiad^ (if are) mk%r ihm to luk» tlie jrrouiidji^ 
CUo face of BO much teslimonyf that it ii all a boas* Tg 
argument^ then. 



!: llie cliatticter of lAr. Hays is suob, as to make bis 
•CaiemeDtitf and a£$,4a?it8 worthy of confidence. Where is 
the naao who witl ubderlake to impeach Mr. Hays ? £ve^ 
ry person, so fur a^ we can learn, who has known him 
ffotn his boyhood up, gives him a character for strict troth 
and veracity. All who know him, say he. is morally inca* 
pable oF pen)etrating such an audacious fraud. 

Ht. "We have the teslimooy and aflSdavits of different 
persons who have had every means of knowing whether 
alie 'eats or not. Mi s. Bi uce was with her three weeks and 
three days, night and day, and she te&tifif^s that she does 
not think it possible that she could, have had anything to 
eat without lier knowing it. &be had frequent ^pelisof 
retching and heaving, but never threw up any thing, that 
indicated- that she had taken food. Mrs. Gardner was with 
her* two we^ks, and testifies to the same thing. All the 
neighbors, who have frequently been in, hold th^.same 
opinion. 

8. We have also the argument, drawn from the absence 
of any motive for such a..fraud. 

What are they making by such a hoax I 8imply pov- 
erty, wretchedness and., perjury. There is nothing more to 
be made by her not eating, than though she ate. I^et any 
one go to the house, and this argument will have a force 
to i^, that it cannot have to othets. Now here. is already 
testimony strong enough to hang a man for murder ; it 
otM'tainly, therefore, ought tO establish a fact of this kind« 

But this is not ftl', we haVe another argument stronger 

out* mitids lhan all the others, and which we hold to- be 
opoclusive. The aigument is—r 

4.. The physiological condition of the womnn is such ai, 
to. reader it impomble for her to receive nourishment. — 
.Siie is jn almost continuous spasms of her whole, body-^ 
oioutl^ throa^, stomach, d:c., which renders deglutition iui- 
pMsi^bte^. TWe are also frequent and violent hea^ and 
feUmAg, ^ the smell of food, ever ao ledretly carrif ^ 
into the tobm." WUfWI waa there," the Vad frequent iuhii 



of retelling, wkicli would bnve Rbown evidence of her hav- 
ing eartr*, if sLe liad taken food* I secret ly Rpproacled 
toward htir bedisiJe, after fchnply huviog handled bread 
and it fiet litr to Leavincf violently. I tested ll id 
vHrirua ways, until I was fully anlis^fled, that even the pres- 
enc^ of food in llie roottt would produce epa^niodie relcb- 
iug, %hlch would rcTider degTuiiiion impoJisible. Ar weU 
miglit you talk of a person taking Too while under Ure 
Dperauort of an emetic, aa for ihii womHU to tnke food io 
the condition ehe ie in. Wo simply pity tlie mm, e^pec- 
iaSly ihu pliysiman^ who can asfeit **fii»e gefe up ujghta 
eal" — or tliat &he ents at alh Now take jiII Iheae e?ideti 
cos togellier — ttie italements and ofBdavilg {for we had 
ihoul »worn) of respLtlaljIe iind com[>eteut p^^rsons — (he 
want of motive for deception in ttie ca-~e^ aii<l the phyftio- 
logicrtl condilion of the woman^ and who can doubt about 
her not eaiin^j. It U x\m highest kind 'if U-fifimony wliicb 
the natur<A of ihe oaae .idiiTiisof, and sufficient to estab- 
lish the highest crime on the stHtute hook. If »he sbou' 
tako food Ln-»uoiTf»w, k would not pmve that she hsseat 
before in seven iiiotr.hsj unless you could hnpench the i 
timouy of those who have witaested to thut fnct ; and 
jtiio, that her symptoms and condition have not changed. 
If her di)iea.^e ji»hould change^ ih^n she m^^y ent^ hut thai 
will notalier the f^uU in rcbiliou to w hni has been, for thai 
w QU Id still ix^at upon good testimony, unless you fan iin* 
peach it Wu bold it lhcn« as proven, that aUe hait not 
^Att>n any tiling for fii'ven mnnih^, aud not a» much as ao 
ordinury mealj for about twenty six inuotba. 

It In boldly stated ^ that it is imptmibk tlmt ahe fthonid 
lire BO long wit tiout eating; fur ii is ooulrary to n m^W 
^ nowo and UiiiveiEal kw of nature. 

** Adolph/* I t^uppose^ ihiokft be has den wn*t rated thm 
fict, so that m one has a light to doubt n heifj^fter. He 
iMsuUiCtt til at there h a certaiti funrjunt of x^aste t4» the 
syHtnit dmly, therefore, there must be a definite supply in 
eqLiJ vl, otelee she would ^aate tway to notbiDg* 



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What be wys may approxiinateto the truth, in a nor^ 
mal. condiiion qf the system, but for an abnormal or dis- 
eased condition, it may be as far from the truth as the 
North pole is from the South. Mrs. Hays, being in a dis- 
eased condition, his facts (?) do not apply to her case, do 
more than the laws of combustion, apply to a pile of green 
wood, or the troubles in Kansas.. Suppose I should state 
that it was an imperious" law that a certain amount of 
light was lequired to please the eye and enable us to see 
clearly, would that prove that the same amount was nec- 
essary and agreeable in certain diseased conditions of our 
optics? The light through a hundred paces of glass 
would not be unpleasant to a healthy eye, but one highly 
inflamed, could not have the light from one pane, without 
excruciating suttering, and perhaps complete blindnesi. 
Here is an exception to the general law — an abnormjl 
condition. Such we contend is the fact in the case of Mrs. 
Hays. 

There is such a thing, as *Mogic ruirning mad," and un- 
less '^snubbed" by facts now and then, it is liable to cut 
up some wonderful antics. One Jucty is worth all the logic 
aud inferences in the universe. When Heischel turned 
his great telescope to the heavens, and saw wot Ids on 
i^orlds revolving in space, the old lady who had logically 
o>meto the conclusion, that the stars were gimlet holes 
to let glory through, had to change her views. So we 
think of ** Adolpli," when he looks at facts, he will view 
ihingrs in a very different light. A fact is a fact, in spite 
of all the theories and logic in the world ; and if it i& 
proveft that the woman goes without eating then all the 
arguments about waste and-supply go for naught. If it ift 
a faut, then you have a scientific question of great interest 
to settle; but if it is not, then there is no peculiar interest 
in the case, except that the man humbugged the peoplei 
and that be and all his neighbors ought to be sent to Sing 
8io£(for perjary. . . ^ 



We think the :irgUfnenfa W6 havd advanced, ct^lnbHi 
\U% fiioi ill at she do en not eat. We may nal beal>lje^ ho 
ever^ to explain the jjhilosophjr of that fiict, j*et tlial dc«(f 
itot dimiu'sh the interest w« hiive in h^m a woM<kjfiiJ 
p h e no I rit! II o n , w hi uh tli e li u m )\i i s ys? em is cn j>« h 1 *3 of ex 
hi biting, i\m\ pel haps, it may bring to light Bumf- new \d^nw 
of p lit he! 0^3" 01 wlhiologj, Bjtiuptomjrthuhjgj niul ^hernpen* 
lica. It sljoiilti, tberef<jn^, be dirmoimfirtteil beyond ctt** 
by those who are iiitei+zsteil lu swence ; fKul J hop** 
mwdiiinl piofe^ion take ibo »iihjeot up* in ?* wny io 
i»fy lhttnjs»?Ivt3 anil tlie woild, As^s inning ihan, ih'\l il 
proven that sb^ doija not eat, we ni t piepwiLni phil 
pht/.ii on ih'j ^uhjvLtj auda^coutu if wei^au, for this mnarli^ 
Able pheaoiiirdoQ. 

Wa Bhall veiilure a sngnjestion, wis bout coniTnrliirig^o 
pelves very stwagly to ii, for iho purpose of eliciiing tll» 
vi*ligatio« and hght on lije *uhjftjr, holdinir oui^l¥iii 
ready lo omhtace Ihw tnilb when ii eluill h** deveiopec), 

hhv Inks no nouriftliment, it ib stdf itvidcnl, ibal iM 
loitB from Lt?i syiiltni h vttry sliglit, oi' slfe would heoome 
machued, nhicb she ihjitja uoU at Ivasi, but vuiy slightly, 
h-a fttut seems to sIk*w iIjkL the fuwi^uoos of the luni itivw 
ystetn aio au>peuded— ^(M^iliaps in eoiistqvienue of a de 
faDgeiiK'nt of ihe nei'voua appu; n:rjs wUk h U lovolved ' 
cany if);* on the outiitivo ptocija?, inolmiini^' di«n teg ratio 
aiifl expulsioo as well a> snpj^ily* 

There is siith an obRd uelion oi dcrjingemeut of ihe^t/^i 
ce of the nuLricive apparutu^, as to suspend its fuuc^tLoni^. 
** However iihundatit may be ihe supply of iba nuiiitivo 
nnitoi'inlH, an<J bowtver coinplele may he tlicdr piepjired- 
m^d for Oiganiz^ition, ihey cau no mora beoome organ t aged 
iiHo 06 Eb by their own power^ ihan a mtm of Irun conldi 
ftbape itself into a sfeam ('ngiDe, or a wpintnng j«^nnj, Thc^ 
need to ^cUd on by the appropriate ^t^rcc" — ** vitat ac* 
*a»/* "The introduction of oxygen into the blood by tbe 
»gs, maintains lh$X peculiar vivifying power by which 
d Der?ea aud lOUiicular syitem are kept iu malAtQ & ktr 



111^ .Mpplied' with tixhim^ op ^itflirty, 

the eir «ee«iv(e4l into th« lcrD£8. Tiw org^Dio oyliMa 
'^ematDfi in aiaiu ,quo. Tiie blood ^she^had at (be time vthn 
<^id€^t hi)i>()en<d, or Ibis abnormnl condition took)plaoe, 
'ffSigoing il8 hmy round^with but \\ii\9 kiss, ^pd isbeiiig^i^vi- 
ialized every time it patBee through the hings, atid perhapisat 
•ffvil] continue to do so until it diininisheBtoa cer(ain;point, 
iinkiss there is some change io her case, when detith , 

But it is snid that her skin is moist, therefore, there mtwt 
cb6>copdder>ib{e waste. There can le but a trifle nioia.car- 
•ried oflfby insetmiblo perspiration, than is absorbed iBfto 
<ibe system from the air taken in at the lungs, <or dfiis^fiiie 
f9vo|i1d have dried to a mummy, within the seven moiifth? 
,!(ha.t;frhe has taken no water. 

There are comlitiohsof t3ie system in which persons (OiM^ 
not ekt, and it mav be that the God of nature has vrMiy 
arranged it so that (here. should be an accommodating bus* 
pen8ion,partial or enlire,of the action of the nutritive systeqn, 
^including wastr) so that hfe may be maintained for agvet^t- 
er Jength of time. Tliis we hold is quite common/n sickoesa; 
90 to ^eak, the nutritive system is also sick, and suspends 
• jtB action, as do other organs of the body their fuuctioQB. 
J say suspend — ^^it wo uld^ perhaps be more correct to ^y, 
tbat e^ch ceil of ihe organized structure is endowed wii^i 
an unusual amount of vital Hfe preserving power, which 
tjertards or suspends their usual rapid degradation io inor- 
^nic matter, which is so much loss to the systenv' 

/True, Mrs Hays' case is a remaikable case of suspension 
bf this kind. ""It Id more perfect, perhaps, than has ever 
Wore occurred ; at least her fiystem has* maintain^d^ that 
'condition longer. 

A very similar case has come under my observation, 
4rliere the individual Iky ten or twelve weeks without food, 
Mi without remarkable emaciation. The outriCite BfktJM 
'<beti raffied atid there was atleidatid for fdod. 



^iyw apply tba reasoaiag of *^ Adolfib*^ According to 
Im viQWA, it A mnn ^oes wiihouL food for n certniti tiumber 
of diiv^iv^ will be a ceiUin numbei- of poumls I igliter^ ac- 
cording to R Q»iiver6al l^w of w:i3le^ is carrying on the fuoc- 
tiona of tbe sptem, I had a patieot who went Uveoly- 
ooe dap wiihoat food* Now figure up, Ri:coiding lo 
Adoipl^** und iliis iudividual, aHowiog for a Hule wAtor 
which she look, would weigh nbout ten pounds there be- 
ing about one hundred poundfl loss. Tliis may enswer 
" AdolpbV* purposfl, but ibe facts are, £be Wi?ighed Mbout 
one buudtad pounds at tbo end of ibe ntiJ odIj^ lost 
ten, 

Wa have alao cxsm fiu\.hmlhr\\ly report et] where on« 
man went ihiri^ one days, and anoiber forly^ witii simdn-r 
results. Tb# nian who wer*t forty d?iya, wcoordi ng to 
" Adolpii" would weigb less than Dotbinsj, Jiiid Mra* llaj-i 
about 5885 lbs less; iban notliingp Adotpb's" table m 
made up fur a statti of tieaklij I repeat, atxl nut for abaor* 
mal cODditioiia. 

We fisvsert^ ihen, ibnt there is a state into which t\w aya- 
tem may be Woughi by diaei*s«, where the process of waste 
» Roleairied ou as usual, and if ihU aon<Iitiou retoaina 
perfect, or so neaily ao, tbat waste tuny be suppht^d througb 
the luugSf tlien a j^erfion mny live, we know tyoi !»ow loog. 
Wa bnve mjide these reumrk^ for the sake ofcAlltng atien- 
tiom to Ibe caa^", in order that the truib tingl^i be drawn 
out Wa Ghuil, hereiifter, be ready lo embrace any eipU-* 
nation of ber cnm thzil nmy bo consbtoDt. 

It ifi cousijiitlly asked, what m the disease wbioli baa io- 
d'icad tbm i^tate of things f 

It iJ our privhl© opinion, llml it is brought about bj a 
remarkable, and perbaps somewhat pecutjar, case of Ilya- 
\ teria. There may also be some disease of die »pitie, It la 
wel! known that this diaease (Hysteria,) produees a *' great 
di»po*=itioii to (spasms, and nervous atlHcks of mauy format 
graal varialiou and comrariely in the Datural phenomena 
ef ihn ijitero, remarkable idioayncraaiea and aympathieii 




diioni^erS' of the digestive S5!8t#m, and gtMi' eonseqoent 
sjinifpathetic influence on the bodj^.*' ' > 
There are sever il other things in relation to her. case we 
should be glad to notice, but we have been too lengthy 
alreadv. , J. L STODDARD. 

'Glea's Falls, September 21, 1867. 

The above communication drew forth a reply 

as might have been expected, and we insert, for 

the purpose of showing that the whole matter 

waa thoroughly probed : 



Mr. Edttor : — Permit me to occupy a column 
of the Messenger^ in reply to Dr. Stoddard's long 
review of my article^ on the " woman that lives 
without eating." 

We acknowledge that Mrs. Hays' case is a re- 
markable one, that she is at times in awful ago- 
ny, as every one will testify who has seen her; 
and, too, that it is truly heart-sickening to see a 
woman writhing in such terrible misery, every 
nerve drawn up to its highest tension, and the 
whole system racked with the most feaYful par- 
oxysm. 

People are so constituted, that they cannot be- 
lieve without evidence , and it requires prettv 



were ordained at " Creation's dawn," and have 
existed to the present, without an exception, are 
to be subverted, even in this fast age. 

The Doctor's defense of Mr. Hays is certainly 
superfluous, for it is not his character that so 
much interests the public, but onb|r the simplf 
question, can life be sustained witlioul nutri- 



iTbs. hats. 



direct proof to convince one 




It IB a verf emy arntimeiit tc iiay that s^y&Kmm 
m live withfint food — yet tm want proof; The 
octor tim&elf will testify that a little 
Fciof! now and \hm^ 
Is relishe<l by I ho best of mmP 
People have tned to lire wiftout eating, the 
JlTfifld over, liinc! after time, niid nil have inv^ri- 
ily failed, after a ft^vv weekn at fartlieKt* 'Scarce- 
'.y a inethanic in the country but ^vhat has tried 
'io make a "i erpetujil niotion/' and oil haYo failed, 
ond ever will, liecause it is contrary to an iiBiBtl- 
'table, natural Inw^ to hith there in no excep* 
'an. JiiF't m in the case ot our existence, our 
itality u governed by fixed laws, and to these 
aws there is no exception, and to violate them 
18 death. 

The position the Dectorhas taken in thin^tfaee, 
Jind lie repeatfl it ecveral limcf?, is that " it ie iwi^ 
pOBBibk for her to receive nourish tnent," yet 
ells us there iR to be a watch instituted to de- 
ect her if 8ho cat^. If i^he does not aor amntJi 
at, why ]i!ace fentioelH over her to wat<h ? 
ruly^ ftlere weeitif^ to he a little doubt %vith thflgH 
ORt sanguine. The Doetor again eavf, " if IhewiH 
is fraud, whoever detects it, will confer a great 
favor on the conjmunity, and relieve the Fcien* 
'fic world of a great embarrassment,'^ H«re, 
~aiii, seenis to be doubt expressed in the mat- 
*ter, else why talk of detecting the fraud ; nor do 
wo think that it will l>e the ",vwjt/f/e world" that 
will be relieved, for wo fancy the scientific world 
believes nothiug of it, more than it does of Pn^ 
pal superstition?!, or the Salem witchcraft* 

Men of science and research, who underetaod 
thoroughly the whole mechauism aud priDciplif 



pSih^ hiunan jqr.stemr 15661301, pot .fe47»m ^^em- 
,bait»?ged,'' «lse why do tl^oy 8]fi9S:e ^h<eir4heiEt4|P 
doubtfully. 

Pjb says there is testimony enough in tliip.cas^ 
.to:haTJg a man for murder, so thefje wa.s testimo- 
.ny strong enoiigh to hang, forty men, that thexp 
actually was a sea serpent in Silver Lake, a year 
, Qrrt;?^o since. Yet with all this testimony, md ft 
make it so ? All have hejard of Irish fairies, and 
ipultitudes will come up «nnd tell you o^Aeir 
actual existence. In the Salem witchcraft, hov 
rflolemnly those persons came up and affirmed 
that their neiglihors w^ere hewitched, and.scor^ 
were put to death ; yet did the accumulated tes- 
timony convince the scientific world" ihatthei^e 
wji^ such a thing as witchcrait? Some teven lu 
these days have attributed the condition of Mr^. 
Pays to witchery. 

We are not yet convinced that she. canuQt eafc; 
we are not aware that there ip any contrlictiop 
' pf the mut-cles that prevents mastication or deg- 
lutition. It would seem to require less effort to 
masticate food, than it does to throw her tcetn 
together with such force as she sometimes doejp 
— and as she' can articulate or talk, I do not know 
jfhy she cannot swallow liquids, at least. That 
she has occasional "spasmodic retellings," does 
not imply that she does not at times crave food, 
more than a do?e of tartarized antimony or ipe- 
cac, should ever after destroy all sense of huiX- 
^ex or desire for food. 

Those heavings of the stomach may not hf^ 
caused wholly by the smell of food, for they oc- 
cur at times when the plfeotory neryes are not 
^Sended hy this pdor of my edible jsnbetance. 



The Doctor sa/a, " %Te simply pity the man who 
asserts that fihe can eat at all " We are tralj 

ifrateful for this grataitoua compassion, jet real- 
y we do not know that one is deserving af any 
pity or commendEition either, for believiDg a 
truth, more than for doing right; for believing 
anything whieh is sustained by imrautablo lawa 
— laws established by Creative Wisdoai, and 
unchanging m the laws of the universe. And in 
turn, we have compas'^ion for those healers of 
men^ who believe that it is not for man to uDder- 
stand the changes that go an in the corporeal 
fiystem; that it the scene of an incomprehen- 
wibla power that defies the closest scrutiny, and 
i& above our reason ; that the system la not amen* 
able to investigation^ and ia controlkd by capri- 
cious laws. 

He explains her case by saying, " there is then, 
in her case, simple action of the lungs, heart, and 
a portion of the nervous sy?^tetn ; and they are 
supplied with nourishment enongh to keep up 
vitality bf/ Vie aiV received into the lungs" 

If the other organs of the body (save the heart 
and lungs,) have not been in action, nor acted 
npon for twenty-six months, would they not long 
ago, not only hav^e become putrid, but complete- 
ly destroyed; for there is constantly a rapid 
transformation taking place of the particlea that 
make up our i^ystem, and more especially after 
denth, a rapid decomposition takes place. 

We are not convinced that the other organf 
of the body have lost their vitality. If there is 
no action of the stomach, what should cause those 
** retchings ?" And, too, the blood seems to Cir- 
culate freely and regularly in all parts of the 



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system. Since respiration atid the circulation of 
the blood are regular, it would seem that none 
of the organs should lie dormant, for respiratiol^ 
is nothing more than a species of combusttoi^ 
the oxygen is taken up by the lungs and absorbed 
by the blood, diffusing through the whole system, 
heat and vitality. 

Now the Doctor knows as well as any one, that 
the air is not a part of our nourishment, more 
than the air is part of the fuel we burn in our 
stoves. Every one knows the air is composed 
chiefly of oxygen and nitrogen. Nitrogen is the 
"base of nitric acid or aquafortis, and will not of 
iti^elf sustain life ; and if we inhale more than 

ordinary proportion of oxygen, respiration be- 
comes hurried, we are feverish from over excite- 
ment and soon die from exhaustion. 

If atmoapheiic air of itself will sustain life, 
why should the sensation of hunger and thirst 
be so imperative ? Why any senfee oY hunger at 
all? What necessity ol any solid or liquid food, 
and why such terrible agony, if they be with- 
held? 

And if the air be the Only substance required 
to form the body-structure, aiid teep in bnera* 
tion every tissue, and springing muscle, eind tel- 
egraphic nerve, it would iSeem that a person neei 
hardly die at all, or so long as air could be forced 
into the lungs. Though the air supports life in 
the same manner that it does the burning fl^fme/ 
yet it becomes evident, from the nibst conclusive 
proof, that in itself, there is not a J)article ofntt- 
tritlous matter. Our vitality, activity, and bus* 
ceptibiiity, and the various endowments of the 
■ystemi proceed from the chemical action and 



imnsformation of particles taking place Ik 
Bj&tem — raatter which it has received from with- 
out. In this matter of living without food, hear 
Prof. Yoiiman, one of the first ohemista io the 
country ; — 

WbaT odds does it make WRKTETEB VOTJ CAtJUrf 

Starvino cm BuRxixo. — ^Profeaaor YoiiULanj in a 
learned lecture on chemistryj said : — ' 

''' What ia the relation of oxygen to the human 
fiWtein? Every animal is bus^ drawing in and 
throwio^ out air— and increasing tidal ebb and' 
ffgw. The oxygen of the air passes through th# 
memhranea of the liing«jis tali en up by the bl66d| 
and carried to all pai ta of the body. It dods 
here what it doe's everywhere^ — it burnC Slow 
combustion gnes on in t he bndy,aiid carbonic acid 
and water are prwiuccd. This con^hustlon is oec- . 
etssary to k&ep up lieat and fever, and the oxyg6»^ 
of the air must htivc carbon and hydrogen^ in th6' 
form of food and drink, to feed upoii> Cut oSf 'a 
man from everything but air, and the oxygen at 
every breath will cut away a portion of bin owti 
frame. The most combustible parts are first 
aonaumed; he grows lighter actl more emaciated 
every hour. First, the fat di^appeare, 
fiiuiJcles are a^sailed^ and lastly, the u ; 
pant, oxygen, attacks the brain and iiervefl| d^* 
ifrium ensues, and death closes the ficiene* Men . 
Mf he has starved to death, but the ecicutifia-^ 
truth i8| tbai be lias^been biimed to cinders." 



3t 

IfiL' Bw3foi^r-W« Wot reply to " Adolph'f fram aiiy pMoh- 
al' 66ii^tdejraliort^, either on h{9. or oar own jMrt, bat fot tbe itt' 
Ul^9t - Sdieneehas in this oas«. Mr. Hays deserves proteetio» 
fdeiifi' the libeloos insinaations of^na anonymoas letter writer, 
wht> uAdeHakds to settle a qi!i<$at!oti not only of fact, hot of ve- 
rftdty'; by -a false aud dangerous mode ot a priori reasoning. 
Nt*ir* eyery' child knows that as a' general rale, we hare to «st 
iR 'order t(^ Irve, sd all the time spont on tlys propoMtron it lost ; . 
bilt^- infer from this general faet that in a specific and defined 
oa^^'th^ same law applies in all i ts rigid constniction and appli'- 
e^fioA^^'is jnmpiilg at a conclusion witli a vengeance. 

TUafr this is a remarkable case^ we admit as freely as, the most 
sftlbptical Th^t there nrei however, conditiims of the sysicnn, 
as manifested in some diseases, which furnish some analogy/ to : 
tlifti^eas^/thoi^h far inferior to it, we showed in oar lastyaitd 
etill cltkim. When he disposes of the facts we gave hirn,. with' 
*fiy btiier argtiment than it isn*t so; <vc will furnish him with 
othtfr -proof of exceptions to "laws which were ordained at Ore- 
at^oil'fediwn;" 

The mode' hiei adopts to battle this question, is in violation of 
theappi^ved Baconic system of reitsoning. He prpves fiaQta hfi 
phUbiofphy, inaltoad of philosophy by fact?. He nndertafce* to 
tkh anortialous' fact, br the application of ral^? and pnnef- 
gjen 'whi<jh '6nly apply to g^eral or common conditions of life' 
xWWJthd Very ' ideni of its bein^, or* claiming to be an anomsfy, 
pr^ades the propri^y of such a coursft of reasoning; He •eaii' 
not evade this by saying his philosophy is based, upon a* fect^ 
tKe* fatet that* aH have to eat^ and therefore she eats ; fop this: is 
b^gittg the whele question — the very thing in dieputet Tbo 
<{t&e8tion is Whether she is an anomaly, and this is to be seitibed 
lqr't>i^pfet demonstrative evideqce, an^ not by philosophy. 

Apply '* AdolphV- reasoning to another subject— say the " Si*-- 
BMto Twittfe,'' and see what it will prove there. It is a lalr -^* o*-* 
diiiiidd at-CVtotion^s dawn," that children shonld be bdrn witht 
onf a €tohy' chord to tie them together, therefore, ther^alra no 
**8ikilies;fr Twine;*' and all ei'eation hae beefn h^mbag^ed/«zee|»& 
the " scientific world who believes nothing of it, more than -itr 
dti» of ' t%e Tapal stiperstiti'dils' or th^ Salem witehoraft." Ntf^, 
if ** Adolph** will i^iv^r W a<i ^rtiole tn the " Twint,*' f havi^- n6 
doub^ but what h^Vatt r^a6<^n them apart «cientificnlly.i Wa 
tiif^^hiMkrd that thfy talk of being'separated perhaps it wonld 
lliift ^m leas to^hntve him dcf it on paper, than to hav^* it-^dod^ 
wNfaf'fi'M(alp^ ^•ettdghifonlifh 'an- almosi endfew diiuD^^of 



ihh ope i« «ttoiigk Wa ttiftU h«r«after know h ' 
title — ^cny e^efj'thiiig except what we thick we cftn exptaifi. 

Now, what we my tbat iLia caae tiuiplj a qiiciitioii (i# 
fii<st^ find is to be sotlled only as a fact, by direct and poEitiv 
t^timony^ly BtieU toetiirninv a* we admit to e&tiiblkh any oth 
nnninnl fn<:t of pmve interest- elainu iiotwithstaodiDg 

all the talk Adulph/' of pei'p^tunl motion/' and oft repeat-, 
ud declaratitina of n& €xceptwm'^ tbat w^ fiiibmitted a fair etn* 
for the jury lo ^J<^c^de npmj, and tliat according to Ibe rulea <rf! 
logic, Biid wvipbt of evidence, Iho verdict f^liould be in favor of 
the woTJoan'g not enting. It is jnet fiueh <?vidt!nce as we implicit 
I5' rflj n|>on in tbe most impiirtiint cafies here proof i» rwjujred^ 
viz: llie teBttmf*j*y of tlio&e t\ l^o know ibe fiietB, and lia?« no 
motive for de(^e[1t1on, If %o Imd Rlroiig proof tUat a man 
hud committt'd t!Uirdcr» ns Ibnt Um. Ilnya goee without eating* 
he wo<d J huofr aa Gtirt iifr Ire bad h hi-uU, 

The €^viden<?e we rti ed npmi, Ts-as llialuf Mr. llaya, who bnowi, 
withuui a doubt or qvibbU?, wh^e^tlii^r (he entti 4 r nut. To eay hm 
la deceived, ia to ^bt Ifle tlio qiietlion ; a to\?prdly dodga ta 
«Tade tonclusbas whu'U iii e LiiniWing to one who p rof^tcca ta 
know lUl flbi'Ul what God bns don«> ntid h doing ir. hie univ^rae,, 
Mr, Hays jSWi'tirB powTively, and wilbfitii any ) '^eei vivtion^ thai ' 
die doea not eat, and he Ims all ihe opiHttlnnity tt> know that it 
is pflwibie ffir any to have, llfi e h a. ppwitive link in the cbalu 
of ©videtife. CirtnmfitnmTa are finch 9z to -jireclnde ihe jiOfnibil 
i%y of tollDSioii ^ith fenrnd nr known pe*6*ni. It won Id be a 
grVflter fltrvlt'h of fiint-y to bftieve that in this t ape, cU'tcplion 
e«uld be tarticd on fur two jeari, than to admit tbntUja go€« 
without ea tin (f* ^ 

" AdoJpir* 8*ciTiB to think i\mi theilinroeter of Mr. IJflp hu 
l^otbing tu do with the <jnepliort4 Tt ie st range indr<rd if Ihfl 
cliarat'ler ^f a ^vitnifiai has iJOtUini? to do wilb the tredihility of 
hit» t4?stimoiiyi and w*; Mmde a i;reat Uandtr in takiiiir mt mnck 
patna to find ijut ^xhnt his ti'imtation for tint b it. Iltf has ''^ 
cbaractcr' for Ivnth mn\ veracity nhitb no man dari^ to gaintay, 
and f<»r thwt rfastm, we placed ^'ttufidint e in bin word and ofit% 
and abnll rely it, nntil he is inrpi'acbtd. We Mmy «1((0 sAy 
lha saino of all tbe wttnc«^es w ho bavti made ontb to their atat«^ 
Bieiiti* 

We iiko tnenlif^ned the tcptimony of Mrp* Brw^-e, and Mm 
Girdnen 11 iv, Bruce was with bvrihrce w* vkf, nit hi nnd day ; 
in4 it ean cntilv b<* tinderFitood. by hI. Unbt tin ui wbo ar« nceua* 
t«ine4 to watr^iiTiij \vith tbe nick, thr t it is aUfi|r«lb<r unproba- 
ble Ihit »be could be in tbe ro«Hn whh hxr, (for tbt:r« h bot ona 
)rp^in ill tlie lyoiia^]^ and knt^w ull obont the food, and wheu sha 
<W|)t, bo within mix fc^et of ber, io n» to hw t^vcry laoveMat ; 



w« it 18 liighlv improbable that nh^ ahoxiid be p1fte«Q'ia inch 
eireum^t^wice* nufi nut kmw whether Iheie WRft a«(:6ption ear* 
ried on or not Mrs, Hiiys is incapable of rising from ber be<i 
or feeding hcrwlf, nnJ if ^l^er<^ hud ijeeti an^'body mousing abij jt 
to mi t food in ber moTrtb, Mrs. B. on Id be likely t a know It 

ft ia ffimply frtvolans, and trifling witli the &iilij^<it, to gay ail 
these persana ar* "deceived <?r fnisfcnkfii.'* 

Mra. Biiice »«tifieA, thAt ah^ eoDld not Uay© 'food in tl>o 
room witbciut reU'btrig tiud heaving, and ilmt eUc did frtqitpotlj 
hiive apellB of heiivin^. but never tflr*»t?r^p ntiytbing, ex(?q>t 
Mttle bloody, Watery fluid. She had stlffici^t means of know 
ing wkfthsr ili'iJ. iJaya Vfm «uatainedi?j food fnrtiiphed b^r or 
not, and we erdt U[kon ♦*Ado)pb/' as in the eflae of Mr. Hays, U* 
■etlte the qn eel ion of ber Yeracity. B{we thefts individMah per- 
jured thi-m^tveH/ Wf Jl AdolpJi meet tlieqneatiorj fairly and »hoV 
fut that thev are tntiiy of p^ijiiiy, qt sbnw by wBat: tneinB th^j 
!i«Ytf1>c«ii deeivived f If those wlio have been iriMt her coustaftt' 
iy, do tiot koow of hfrr eating, how could ^ht, hdpieea and ia- 
MQtible aa Hie h, awd tortured with alnioeb perpettial apaitniv 
b« supplied with food f 

'We ttlao MT^^ the want of motive for such a dec^ption--^* 
vefy uiipottiiot ^>otmt in pecelviiig tefltinHmy. "WiJl ''Adolpb** 
•how U9 what motive they bftva ior puch aVraud f—We laatly 
gave it i»s onr opinioa that the pbyf^iologienl condition of the 
waman wa« meh as to rendi^r it imposflible for her to cat How 
much Weight tbia argtuueut should have, we knve for others to 
4«ejd*. For uur own pni% however, after remainiBg with h«r 
for fci^htt?en hours, «nd ttiding it in every wuy we eould, and 
then having t}m affidavits of different per^ns, tbat the ieondt- 
tion in whieh wo her was her usual ct^ndil.ion, we were aat- 
lified that she eoulJ not, and did not flat ; and we are happy 
know that severa] physicians who hasre Yi«ited her and under- 
•tand the "ptincfph of t!ie human Ryatem*' do not ^^shake thetr 
tie*di fto douhtftilfy " but agree with ua on thii point — or raihir 
we agree with them. 

We are now jj^rmitted to add the t««titnony of indSviduaU 
%ho have been on euard for two w^seks, nigtit attd day, for tho 
"pprsM purpose of "dctetting her lu eating. Mr. Stinuel Di^ik- 
naon informed me that Uiey did not detect 'her in eating or 
prinking anj^thjng Now h*jre waa a, grand ehi«ti*© for"Adolph** 
to diftptay hia ingenuity and show up the fir&ud* We are cred^ 
bly iitformed that be wab invitf^d to atd hi deteethig the fraud, 
if lh<>^re wae one, but be n^yleetcd to JmMOVe th« 0|>{>ortuiiity . 
Kow it eepmiB to iii i.hfit if be as con5dent m h« prDfeiau to 
bfii that there h ftatiu, he would hare improved atieh* chaoe* 



1] thai If fltymh to iSetctit and: ^r- 

Li. /W'.' . ^ .'ft W^M li * L*.-i'>1 rt 



M^\hQ»M^i^imt, far him, but tb<* poopLe lind riitlw 

! been tli4)r6 oncflb, but if ' Aflolph wiU g«> thete will* m4 

(i^r -r v iihKHt it Tt.' Hi .'i^-^ie T nm r.TiiiUd tu, leave home.) f will ftt%y 
0^ to Imve hi 01 ibow how tjiii 

tL ' ke a-^ njuch imiVkvauft that, for 

f li I hava III ji-^ u duietittH^ queatirtn^ U ia of imt 

mil viiinie he by a. gueriuft pfip^r w«rfar<?- 

U waLch whtcli wftiJiUGed c>i?^r h*i% - ' limg, 
Ur we ara not noijua^iiued with tlitfir wtwra unof 



IK^i ivo^w, gir% letter from an ittMlUgeiitt 
^jy&ician in Warrensburgli, L, Charrette^ M. IX 
Mm presenti mmj mteEeBtiitg oisea, though 
exsLijJiJy of the smxe type f^ii th^t of Mr*}. 
ABSTINENCE FBOM^OB. 



iiig," aiii jiifigini; from whnf 



liY«f .wUhooiMAt 

ni^itli^ lip Tny rii^ntl itni<l ahe it. . not f«>r n. 

' ■ '" ' ■'■•Ml!, H*>w ahe ilQi'^ live, 1* li- ' •■^t#n» 
iifi . Jiii^m^^ far I dii D<)t ki?i*w >;tfrt 

KiToiW :t)>9 *p|>e«Wa <>f the pj*hiTii Mir 1r'r).' 1 *vi>t; Ucr, ! 
<*i«i;CorjfiQiva 0<>.rf»A(W Wihj* j>he ■ 



35 

b«r eA(M» tlMijel^ nlJ;«^]^<x^ not aHo^,Qther new and peculiar, 
for. caae9 ^YUUly, and more a»teDUbIng, are on record'ia oar 
medioa) workt. Of llxe anomalooB cages on the secretibhs of the 
body^ tiberle aa^ vol % p» 835^ * It is by no means ra^e! f^r 
sooie individnals to have but one or two natnVal evacuations in 
a week ; and oases have been reported that weeks, months, anci 
ki one instance, seven years elapsed without the appearance of ' 

eyacuation." And again, in speaking of Suppression of the 
urine, he eaySj " there ^re cf^es, who evacuatea no urine for 
seven w«eks, and in one case, six months: and also of the viogr 
):ious' secretion of that fluid from ttve tfmbilicus, ears and stom 
»ch, and by the skin." vol. 2, p, 408. 

Of abstinence^. Dr. J. M. Good, says, " there are some tribes 
of animals that appear capable of subsisting on water alone, 
and a few mere air ; leeches, tadpoles, toads, lizards m<\ 
serpents, are proofs of this assertion ; and there are various 
kinds of flshes that live on simply water." 

Bondelet kept a fish on water alone, for three years, and.'Ut 
the end of that period it had ^own as large as tlie glass glob.e 
ihatx contained iU The carp kmd, especially the gold fish, nave 
a similar power, and the pike, the most gluttonous of the tnbe 
will both live and thrive on water alone, in a marble basip. 
These observations lead us to the anomaly of a more eii^traotdi- 
nary nature ; and that is the power which man possesses of 
eating without food, or on water alone for a oonsiderahli^ 
len^h- of time. These cas^s occur under certain circumstances, 
as, in oases- of^ madness, specially of the melancholic ki)id, 
ia' which the. patient refuses to eat or drink for many weeks, 
with little lo9Brbf weight.or strength; 

The eaae^rCioely de.Ridgeway, presepvedAmang tha reeoinis 
it^'tbO' Tow«R of Londoov whieh statei tfaa4i! in. the reigja of 
KdWaiid JU,. having been eoadembed Icfr the oonfUu'der of her hiiia* 
baad, ' fih« ' ramain^ for fortv daj^ witihovt food an I dri»k-. 
13dt:-iiiQi<>aaanibed«to « •minaoley and in eoBda)iienoe" the ki»j 
gfantad a-pacdoiy- 

Tb« €Mlvi^g«Mr« fiim?»K¥ wif*; who waftJ Lurietl aiidei* a 
sti5w BUitmi odntfiin^J for Un jr twelv^fl days wit^iuut food. In 
1 be' EdkiWur^- Medical E^yn for 17 2f^, is a c^ise meirtiofi«d'«f 
a^youtag^lmdy, who, hi conweqncnce of 'th*^ dfiiftt^** h^i^'-toher*; 
Vii'tlilWWK a states of Xi^tfime nf^idE«t'of iit^htfittAJ^lMtt^^ 

attb«^iDgf(^ i^^pntA ^dMite^>ltfit4K» 



AnoihoT tAit h ih^i of Ann Moore. In Gon^qncQee of dtffi- 
wlty of awalluwin^, she limited h^rsfilf to & ^^sTy small qnantl- 
ty of brend ftlona, mid on Maixsh IIT* 180*7, reliiiqiiiabe^ even thia, 
allowing heiself only oecox^i (>iiaU j a litU« tea and wat^r, &nd Ut - 
ad aix yeaia on t-lud Rumple diet Bh« pretended to hasra f^tiapend- 
ed Ihe Ufifi of «ven this touring the etiBiiin^ September, btit it ap. 
P«arid on in veati^n Uun, tlmt die TPaa guilty of aome degree of 
iOfipQeiiioi^ ; btit ihe f^nBe ie admitted to be a mriArk&ble one, a« 
ih0 auBallteJ oti niithinp; but nn ocf^aaaronal driLugbt of wat^r- 

Eildanus Halkis, a^nd otiter phi-siijlogiats collected varioua in- 
atanoea of long dCirntron of al»Atinenee, eome of tbem, tBdeed, 
extended to not 1e4» thain eijf^lcen years, but in ^enornl too los^ly 
v^ritten and atte&ted, be entitlod to much conftdenee. 

In the phib>flopli»*?}d transactions, there h a coJie recorded of a 
ynung man. who hjiviiiy: dniuk very freely of cold wnter whita 
la profuse pe is j^i ration, *afl thrown into an m:flnniatory fever, 
from which he ru^iovered vtlih difflenlty. and with a dislike to^ 
all klnda of food [ far 1 S yenra be never tnated anything but wa- 
ter. The fact was wtll ltno#n throttgTiout the neighborhood ; 
but an impoeition having been suspected, a ^aU!b waa infltituted, 
and he waa shut up at timeE^, inefosu eoniinement for 90 days at a 
time, with the murtt i^j^rupuloua eare that he flhould have notbin^ 
hul water. He uniformly enjoyed good healtli, and appeared to 
hare ejeetions, but ai'hhiin. 

Peiiiapa the moat fningtitnr ease on feeord, and at the ianse 
tjine, the beet autbenticated^ Is that of Janet MeLeod, publisbed 
in the Philoaopbical Triinaactioni, I>r. McKen^Tv. She wai at 
thifl time, 9 a yearft of ng€, uamamed — from the a^e of lih bad 
had varioua paroxvAm^ of Epilepav. which had cotifiiderably 
shaken her frame, rendered the inaaclef of the eyelida paralytie, 
«o that ahe could not e^ro, but by lifting the lida ap ; and pro- 
duoed no rigid a tfXiked jaw, ttiat her month eooJd rarely be 



of apeeen, and deglutiUon, and all desire either to eal or drink. 
Har lower limba were retracted toward her body — and ««]dof» 
had any other egestion* llian pertodical diaohargee of blood,. &p> 
parently from the lungs, and ebtefly thrown out by the fioetrib ; 
altempte to give her food, invariably produced vomiting. On 
two occoalonfi, after a tc*tal ahetiaeitee of many months, she made 
iigiia of wielung" to drink. Some water was procured for her ; 
on the firei oceaition, the whole was rejeetea, but ahe veemed 
grt»aUv retreiihed on having il rubbed oa her throat- On the 
aaeoQtl oecaii''^ . ^ ' mk off a pint at onee ; with Uiese ex^ep- 
lifto*, aba paar- i* of four yeara w*tbou.t either liquids or 

s^Udi «f au^y kuMi. bhe laid for the moat part^ like a log of 
wood, wiiU a feeble hut dbtinel mud regular pulae ; h«r fvalursa 




«7 



«i«nt^ M&d her limbs not emaciated. 

I^ch 18 the history of some of the remarkable eases of anoma- 
iy OB Tecord ; siid without comment, or theorizing, I leave th« 
4aM of lAra Hays to take her ichanca vith those recorded. 

JDecember lOth, 1961, 



At this date, we visited the Woman ourself^ 

a&d ihade the foHowing Editorial Memorania : — 

Ifns. THE Woman that Lives wrraour Eating. — ^Last'week 
"Wt had an opportanity of paying a visit to this remarkable wo- 
man. We could discover no change in her appearance, from the 
time we saw bcr before, some eight weeks ago. That she liv^ 
without eating, is, beyond all question, a fixed fact The medi- 
cal fftculty may, or may not account for the phenomenon, the 
£&ct is before them, and we are pleased to know that physicians 
of distinction, in different parts, are taking an interest in the in- 
▼esti|sation of this most wonderful case No one should visit 
the village of Chester, without going to eec with their own,eyeQ, 
M tight which language entbely fail^ to adequately describe. 



We X5oj>ythe fcJlowing from the Glen's Falls 
ReptAticattf with the Editoi-'s remarks. It is a 
well written article, and substantially the same 
as we received from Mr. Hays. We hav« been 
personally acquainted with Mr. Greene, for a 
number of years, jalid know his qualifications to 
judge correctly in any matter brought under his 
Hotiee. With regard to her living 62 minutes 
without breathing, her husband informed lis, 
that in one instance, he thinks, she- continued 
iDUoh longer^ idthough he was unable to mark 
the time:— 



THE WCMAN TSAT LIVES WltdOUl! MAflMQ. 



Tba folio wiiig iBtorwtill^ iwid succinct account of Mra» Hay 
th6 womfta who Hv^ «Pttiiqiit e*linf," wa« wrltUn by Wm. 
tJjiEEift:, Eiq.. who live* but * ihoit distance from Mrs. Ii*y«, i« 
the V Binge of Cheat«r, m this County, U ii tak^a fYom tb« Sar- 



F«nei» Yoj?og, Ed Efp ' ' to yptir lequ^sl, 1 here* 
vriiU adiid you a btfttemeut ■ : Lti¥i5 to Mrs. Bj?i^jn Uatiu 

the woman thuh iivm witht ui ji ..J ipf driiik, llie fia^ta ftUMd 
may be relied on, moat uf them I^hviji^ ^onie wader my obft^f" 
tioiip, «ud till cMn be ^^uli autbentjcjiUd by coocliiisif'e i>roof ; 

Mrs. I!ti59p wifs <»f Sirneoti Hftja, was hrmiglit to tliis^lfte^it 
(Cl*eel*f,) iibioitt. ft>lir nttjntb* ago, from Horicon, Warren eci«tttr 
N. Y»j where she hfld Uved tiDCi* d)« waa married to Hays, ftbou 
Jimyary 1S4^. IL r tirat ehitd was horn hi iflouary, 1847^ 
*e<i*;Htd child wae bfirn nbout one year thereafter, third qWu 
one year after the ateond. Hiid a foiinh child wb^ born four yta 
ago iiust July, Mm. Ilaya twenty -seven yeai-s old/ kst 
ApHl, I bedcvo, the eleven ih day. About ihrte 'ycftra laast 
Moveni^ior, she waf. tnken wtth lameness m the baek^ piQa Aeficwv 
the Itipa, and became nijsble to stand upwi her feet Aa her 
nnt'su ^aa ii?&fMing her from abed to a eh air, ah© fell to lb # 
jgiKir, Mud wnA oufttiued tvi her bed, until July, l^Mi wbvu tihe 
was taken wilh epasma, which eontimucd about one yeur^ fre* 
quently m Inng as fcmr days withawt int«iTiiplion. She at aijter» 
Viiltf complainetl of puiti in her back, hend and etomacb. and m'* 
rj^sionaUy took sotne blat?kberr3<?s, rftsi^pben ie.*, Ijrotli, arid etewc't 
aiipl 06, !:» V w a V a f uo u r i sh ni ent , d 11 rin g t h e ii r^t y e a r of tJi e epteirt , 
Jlnrifi^ tlie full and winter of 1S5*3-T, (^he drank" the juica of about 
tivi*l/if Imonft^ m the kttw of letHtjusdfi, but ainee this Sdtb tit* 
Febnmry, Hh« htia MAv7i an,t/ food driHi' I Th^upt^riJ* 

were vi*ry severe nt Jii st* often druTviiiii^ htr he*; Is «nd bend to 
tfcth(?i' oil Iter l>a^>k- At (imefl, ^nme parssi ration ii dbserTec 
upon the surface^ whi' f ' - ^ a health^' 1 ■ ■ 1 »nii ■ Sln. -j 
h itv ft ribi* r , * 6 7 , t b e p ri ■ ^ 1 , or the 

<m iiHiny: eiiiaff, toliac< , ;: Kiy, wi 1 . , 
tinea nausea, and rfltchiii^; fl[ja*iii3, out notbini^ ii vomittfd. Thm 
fr^^tifittr with the conatant picaeiiije i>f i»iiaaoii, ptceludet U» 
1 Jua that the vomaa eala. 



m 

on' tDree,8iicoe8BiY6 Snndavs, ailei^ lying in tnem tBrongh tb« 
#M/)M^thM^MteiiM 111 ^ i4inhr^t#^ 

on t/be instep of the other, :iFiti^ the ^4 cfthfi Um^vsJffe^ 
IsA hi'th^'ballr ^'6he^lSftnd (theleft,*) is ^rnaiientfy cramped aoVd 
upon the hr^Mt, r%idl^<^te£Mlln 'thilr toid&tlon^ flirliiiir'Ultf 
right is drat^n in various directioDs, at times, though mostly up- 
on the stomach. While in'the spasm,. one of the Bnoolders is in 
constant motion, (the left,) while she breathes, the motion is per- 
fRiir«cl *by the- rigkt ihotlld^. She hiO} hkftk in VinfWi^ 
cra'&psi I wn informed on good authority, sixty-two minutes 
without breathings I htiiyh imklD. hit lay twenty-two minutes 
trithout bl*eathing, the only perceptible sign of life, being the 
pulsation of- the heart, the vibration of the left shoulder, occa-^ 
sional twitching of the eyelids, and ri^id spasms. When breath- 
ing, ifae jaVB-aira in ^<^iistaiit modnoo, but this i]iotion oe&sa<'<^hen 
the bfeathing. is suspended. At times, the jaw is dislocated.. fga^ 
i^roVn kgain 5n Jilacte Vith ^eat rtt^idity, producing a Senife '6i 
eh)BS^,,<cfacJdB£ spundbs in sucic^Bsion. ^Her -sight aijd. hear- 

ing appear to ne gpne, and all Voluntary motion to have ceased^ 
inhd only inyohiniary iK^tioD idlists. 

Tbe '^dtetai-iii now in this villli^^, a fe^ rods ttdm my h^ei 
i have had an opportunity of seeing her frequently, and have n^i 
doubt of the tf nth of the foregoing statement. She is visited 
daily by scores of people, who are all convinced by ocular dem- 
c^nstrktion, tbat this trcmderful Wmftn ddesniot ent, and,\ittif^ iiv 
the inquiry-.-" how does she live V* Tours, 4e., 



Of ttfe hundteda tkat have rbited Mta. Hftyi 
many hare recorded theit obscrratioas througb 
the-pres9, .but as Ihej all tell nearly the eame 
tale we shall orily give the following extract*' 
from^the Christi^nr Ad^^omie and Jmrnfstl : 

THE WOMAN THAT IiITlSS WITHCWTT 
RATHSrCK 

Our readers have beea painfully mterested by 
ftccounts of remarkable afBiction suffered by a 
Mrs- Hays, who has lived for two years with* 
out food. A correspondent, Bev, L. N, Boudrye# 
writes from Ticonderoga, N. as follows about 
the case ; 

" My Advocate this weeic contains an articF» 
from E* Woodwdrthp stating that Mrs, Hays has 
died* Permit me to correct the statement- Mrs. 
a* is pei aiivfj.B,nd promises to live yet many 
days. I saw an article some time ago in an Al- 
bany paper^ I believe the Evening Jourmi etat* 
ingi that Mrs. H. had died^ and that from her 
body was taken a snake or serpent^ five feet long 
and half an inch thiek! Whether the Joumml 
ever corrected thia statementj I know not.. This 
might have been the source of your correspon- 
ck^nt^s mformatiou. 



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^ A pliyibiciAti Of oUr t0#li; iHbd is qtdte a fiet^ol- 
ar in anatomy ai\d physiology, bas lately visited 
Mrs. H. He stated to me to-day, some facts in 
this Case that might be interesting to many. He 
»ay« that Mrs. fl.'s heart and lungs are perfectly 
Bound/ and her blood is in a healthy state, with 
a circulation quite perfect. This is the cause of 
the freshness of her system. The action of her 
stomach and liver is suspended. This accounts 
for her rejection of nutriment The wear and 
waste of her body is very small, being principally 
on the fluids of the system, and only a very little 
in the muscular tissue. Her fits at the begin- 
ning, were rather hysterical, but now they par- 
. take more of tSie epileptic. Her existence may 
be solved in time, from the known laws of physi- 
ology. But whether it is or not from those laws, 
or from exceptional laws, we shall not yet doubt 
that the protracted abstinence of Mrs. Hays i^a 
reality. AH who have visited her, are forced to 
-* acknowledge that she neither eats nor drinks. 
Among these visitors, have bee^ physicians 
from all parts of the country and the ^learn- 
ed- men of every profession ; Jput their united 
experiments and' wisdom have been baffled in 
trying to search ouf these mysteries." 



tCreek Center, N. writes mb^ 

While I was in the rooiD^ at times elie urguld 
Ke ,on her backj with her head in a perpendicu- 
lar position, the chin upward, and the top of the 
head resting on the pillow, the month wide ope©, 
fend, if hreathingi there was a constant ghniggifig 
q( the right ehoulder; but she frequently lies in 
this positionj without breatliiog for Beveral min* 
utes at a time ; and when she does not breathe jher 
lel^ shoulder is in motion; and after remaining 
m thia position for a time, she will snddenly riso 
to an erect eitting poaitioDj and instautly throw 
herself hack again to the bed, with her head 
f omotimes in a natural pomtion j and this action 
teiog repeated several time?, almost as quick at 
thought, she wiH at last throw her head so com- 
pletely on her backj as to bury her entire ftice in 
the pillow, and her whole body raised from the 
bed scTeral inches, her struggles for breath 
are iodescribable* Whjr do not some of our med- 
ical colleges mud a committee to make a iho^, 
rough examinntroD of this ca^eT 



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* 5fr&. iBftys is not yet deud. I have seen htt 
neYerdl times. And aftet reading all tfeat has 
a{>peared in^the Advocate in regard to her, ren* 
Wf to communicate a few thoughts upon her 
case. Before slie passed into this piecutiar and 
afflictive condition, her health was for some time^ 
extremely poor. She ate hut little, and that lit- 
tle occasioned a considerable amount of suffer- 
ing. Sooetimes it threw her into spasms. For 
liearly a year before she ceased to take refresh^ 
ntents altogether, she lived wholly, or nearly so, 
npon the juice of dried raspberries^ until that 
became a source of suffering. Then,>^^ a timey 
she took occasionally a small quantity of cold 
water ; and it is now nearly a year since she swal- 
lowed any liquid, to the knowledge of any one. 
tadeed, I have no doubt that a teaspoonful of 
Kquid put in her mouth, would be the cause of 
her death, unless the spasmodic action of her 
throat should expel it. ^ny person to see her 
ten minutes,: must be satisfied that there is no 
deeeption in her case. Her head and shoulders, 
one or the other, are in perpetual motion* She 
16 frequently thrown forward «ntil s&e is nearly 
doubled together^ and tEen the head thrown^ 



'back,- and her neck literally daubledf and the 
body forced up* and tte whole face, chin and 
all^ buried in the pillow. Thia if* done several 
times euccesBiTelj., in less time than I take in 
writJDg it. The last time in the series, the face i 
will remaio nearly buried in the pillow, and sh© 
does not breathe for tea or fifteen mloutea. 
Once ghe remained sixty-two minutes without 
breathinff. Whea this is over, and the spaHm 
passes offj she struggles for l>f path, and the head 
h rolled from aide to nide, almost with the veloc-' 
Sty of lightning, for a moment or two; the face 
becomes red with the rush of blood to the head, 
and the skia quitu moUt with pen^piratiom Then 
the flpasms subsides into a gentle motion of the 
jaw and shoulder, keeping time, as one would 
think, with the action of the heart. Her skin 
about her facc^ neck, chest and hands, is delicate, 
and healthy as the akin of an infant. The pulea- 
Xioxi of the blood about tlie chest, neck, head and 
armi^, though exceedingly delicate, is quite regu* 
Iai% Her hair does not grow, nor is it worn oft 
her head, as one would natumlly suppose, except 
a little, just upon the crown* Tlie action of the 
fiver is entirely suspended, of course. The ac- 
tion and state of the lungs are perfectly lealthy. 
They have been thoroughly examined by ekillfnl 
phyjsicianSi with the aid of a stethoscopei and are 
supposed to be perfect Her noud^ment it 



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UrtoHy frotii tlie atmosphere. The last nutri* 
menij indeed, the last swallow of water she ha9 
been known to take, was in the last of June, 1867* 
The last time she was known to he eonscious was 
last Decemher. When she comes out of these 
spasms, she seems to cry for a moment, like an 
infiint in distress. At such times, her husband 
thinks she may be coneeious. It is most distress* 
mg to hear it. She is not above the ordinary 
laws of disease. She has recently had athorougb 
case of the mumps, precisely as others have them, 
fler nails upon her fingers, like her hair, do not 
grow at all." 



In order to secure more comfort to 
Hays antd family and give access to those 
from abroad who might be interested in the 
€ase, it was though t^ by physicians, proper 
and safe, to remove the womaa to the village 
of Chester. This removal was accomplished 
without producing any serious affect upon 
the patient, — the distance being some eight 
miles. A frame and bed, slung upon polls 
and borne by men, was the modus operandi^ 
The Tillage of Chester, where this womdbb of 



4» 

woadeps can- t)e seen, i& one- of tbe tnoBt 
b^auttful of the many beautiful and romantic' 
villages that nestle amid the mountains oi 
Northern New York. There is an excellent 
Planfc Road from Glen's Falls passing through, 
the .viHage of Caldwell, or Lake George. 
Daily stagea run between Chester iund tbe 
Hail Boad depot at Fori Edward^ Mo^ 
reau Rtetio«. 

To present more testimony, as to the^c£& 
of Mrs. Hays' living without food, would 
seem to be like "carrying Coal to New Cas- 
tle;" yet we have procured the following 
names of men who know what they say and 
whereof they affirmr-^men who would neither 
deceive, nor be easily deceived. If immbem 
could«add to the^tcengtJiLof proof,.huhdred8L 
Qf reliable ntmeat^ could- buof readily obtain? 
<^d-'~^ 



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Chester, Mhj 20tb, l6o&. 

We, the undeFsigncd, diizens of Chester, coudIv of War» 
«ieii, State of New York, being well acquainted with Sirae* 
on Hays, and with the extraordinary circumstances con- 
•jiected with the sickness of his wife Betsey, ^o, without 
hesitation, certify our entire belief in the truthtul-ness of 
}ii9 statements^ we having had abundant opportunity of 
deteeting fraud, if any existed. Every possible test has 
i^bees applied, and the coi>eIusion to irhich we are forced , 
i% ibat Mrs. Rhj^doei,, and. has. lived wiUh^ut^ eating^ since 
the 20lb <^ Eabraaryi 1857, being W^^Ij fifteen months 
J9^i th^ pr^nt date. 

Hon. WILLIAM HOTCHKISS, Ex. Sen. 

JOHN H. WALKER, Justice of the Peace. 

ALFRED MALLORY, M. D. 

Rbv. H. 8. REDFIELD. 

Rev. C. H. EDGERTON. 

CHARLES H. FAXON, Esq. 

WALTER A. FAXON, Esq. 

MILTON SAWYER, Esq. 
<GLKti*8 Falls : 

K. R SHELDON, M. D. Pre*. Warren Co. M^fd. 8oa. 
MI&ES FERGUSON, M. B. 
B. PECK,M. D. 
M. R PECK, M. 



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